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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

PATS ACQUIRE BRADLEY FOR HOLLETT

The Regina Pats have acquired 20-year-old forward Matt Bradley from the Medicine Hat Tigers along with a second round pick in 2018 and a fifth round pick in 2019. In exchange the Pats send 18-year-old goaltender Jordan Hollett to the Tigers.

Bradley, had a career year in 2016/17 scoring 34 goals and adding 43 assists for 77 points in 70 games. The Surrey, B.C. product was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, 131st overall.

For his WHL career, Bradley has played in 209 games over three seasons, scoring 74 goals, 94 assists and 168 points. The 6’0, 195 lbs. forward has amassed 144 penalty minutes and 15 game winning goals with Medicine Hat.

“We are excited to add a player of Bradley’s caliber,” said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. “He adds skill and hard work to our group and comes from a winning program in Medicine Hat.”

The Pats sent goaltender Jordan Hollett the other way in the trade. Hollett will enter his 18-year-old season next year with the Tigers. The Langley, B.C. native appeared in 43 games with the Pats, compiling a record of 25-9-3-0 with a 3.30 goals against average, an ,892 save percentage and one shutout.

Hollett is the 15th ranked goaltender in North America for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and in 2016/17 went 15-2-2-0 with a 2.83 G.A.A and a .901 SV%.

“We wish Jordan all the best in Medicine Hat,” said Paddock. “He has been a credit to our organization, on and off the ice.”

Season Tickets for the Regina Pats 100th Anniversary Season will go on sale June 1st at reginapats.com. Current season ticket holders will be receiving a renewal package prior to June 1.

(Courtesy Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

15 comments:

william weppler said...

Very interesting transaction. Apparently JP has someone in mind for backup duties. Bradley looks like a quality player based on stats. Going to be a lot of this in the next year.

Anonymous said...

This was a good get for Paddock. It allowed Hollett to become a starter and develop more than being a backup again under Brown. The Pats got another cemter and added a key piece for next season. Getting a player to start the season helps create a bond and allows the players to become a family quicker. Then they get a 2nd round next draft and a 5th the following draft.. Now they have a couple more options.

After watching Seattle's struggles with the eastern teams at the memorial Cup you can see differences in both speed and depth. The OHL and QMJHL both seem to put a premium on speed and skill. Seattle appears to be a slow team very susceptible to the fierce forecheck. It's surprising we didn't figure that out.

Bradley is a fast player with good skill and a fair bit of sandpaper. In the second half of the season that was clearly missing from our team. After watching the calibre of teams they will be up against, I hope the Pats realize that they don't have near enough yet to compete at the Memorial Cup. They absolutely have to get "faster" first and foremost. As well you can never have enough grit and depth. All the teams at the Memorial Cup have three strong lines and decent fourth. Time for the Pats to watch, learn, and copy. This is a chance of a lifetime so the Pats had better be all in.

thestoneman said...

I just hope Sir John realizes that Tyler Brown will never be able to carry us to the championship.

Anonymous said...

Max Paddock will be the backup next year, Tyler Brown carried this team to the WHL final, why can't people get it through their thick skulls that Brown is a top goalie in this league? Where was Connor Hart and Connor Ingram at the end of the year? Supposedly they were the "ones" that could've carried us to the promise land. Yeaaaahhhhhh

Gert

Anonymous said...

Nice to see Seattle lose all 3 games and score 3 goals, while giving up 18.

Anonymous said...

It's Carter Hart there bud, Bradley is a good player but being his 20 y/o season and only getting draft picks along with him it makes me wonder what else JP has up his sleeve. I have a feeling we will see a lot more big trades involving the Pats this off season. Agreed Max Paddock will be the backup in Pats land this year, Hollett was totally expendable I would have liked to see more come back from MH here for him though

Anonymous said...

I'm not saying Brown isn't a top goalie but by that logic Craig Anderson is a better goalie than Carey Price. Who in their right mind would believe that?

Anonymous said...

I don't get how Brown can help lead the team to the WHL Finals and there are still clowns here who doubt him every day!! They must be Rider Fans, it's just like the QB position, they're never good enough and they're always the goat. Give your heads a shake and try to actually get out and watch a few games next year and you'll see for yourself, Brown is an amazing goalie!

Anonymous said...

Right sorry, it's Carter Hart and agreed those two guys are top tier goalies in this league, but so is Brown. He clearly wasn't the Pats issue this year. If he plays like he did this year in his 20 year old year, the Pats will be fine

Gert

Anonymous said...

Ooh, so bitter. What a waste of time. Your team lost. Move on.

Anonymous said...

I trust John Paddock.
I just wonder what are his plans for 20 year olds.
We currently have 6.
I think Ahl will be gone, Zbrosky will be gone.
Then we have Bradley, Brown, Hobbs and Wagner.
Maybe he thinks Hobbs and Wagner will not be back.
I sure hope they come back and if they do there is a huge decision to make regarging the 20 year olds.

Anonymous said...

Trade the future for the present and still get blown out in your home rink at the dance. Then follows the quarter century of futility in the worst junior hockey league in the country.

RWAH said...

Sloboshan is also a 97 born player (20 for next season

Anonymous said...

Good grief.

Anonymous said...

Seattle beat Regina up in a best of seven game series. You can't do that in the Memorial Cup. One game against a team, then on to the next.

Speed and skill is what wins. Hopefully this Bradley kid has it.

In Paddock we trust.